2012 A.A. Badenhorst "Red Blend" Swartland

SKU #1249822 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Family Red Blend, which had just been bottled, has a warm and inviting bouquet of red plums, squashed ripe strawberries and faint touches of fennel. It is well defined and really starts to blossom with aeration. The palate is focused and more tightly wound than other vintages that I have tasted. There is a little more backbone here, more linear than I expected. Dusky red plum and cranberry, salted licorices, fennel and thyme all come together nicely, although I suspect that it will benefit from a couple of years in bottle. Another success for Adi Badenhorst, albeit in a more restrained style. (NM)  (10/2014)

92 points Vinous

 (13.5% alcohol; mostly Shiraz, co-fermented with Cinsault, Grenache and Tinta Barroca; from the best granite vineyards in Paardeberg; Badenhorst doesn't press until July or August): Bright red-ruby. Deep aromas of cherry, redcurrant, smoked meat and leather, lifted by a pungent cranberry note. Rich and fine-grained, with harmonious acidity and powerful minerality giving a light touch and terrific precision to the middle palate. In a very savory style and quite reserved today. Finishes hugely tannic, broad, classically dry and long, with enticing red fruit notes and terrific mineral lift. A very subtle, complex blend in a restrained style. (ST)  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

The most exciting wines in South Africa right now are coming from the Swartland. Ask anyone for a list of key winemakers in this region and I doubt they will get through more than two or three without naming Adi Badenhorst. A.A. Badenhorst Family wines are grown, made and matured on Kalmoesfontein farm in the Swartland. The 28-hectare estate consists of mostly old Chenin Blanc, Cinsault and Grenache bush vines planted in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
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Blended from Shiraz , Cinsault , Tinta Barocca, Grenache and Mourvedre. Whole cluster, foot-stomped, spontaneous ferment in cement tank, maturation in three 4000L oak casks for 16 months. Highly aromatic with mountain herbs, red flowers, exotic berry fruit, leather, sandal wood, sweet ground spice. Medium bodied and quite focused ; a lithe and energetic wine, evocative of something aged in large format cask, that subtle power, coiled nature. Really special wine.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2016 | Send Email
This 75% Shiraz blend is big and deep, with ample tannin and acidity. Dark red and black fruits, with tobacco and earthy notes. Throw out your preconceptions of Shiraz, as this isn't what you think it's going to be! Fennel, anise and black plum on the finish. Will benefit from decanting. Delicious and simply wonderful!

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- Now that it has adopted a multi-racial attitude, and now that the world has embraced its government and its exports, South Africa has become a major wine producer. Unfortunately, South Africa has had a difficult time joining the ranks of competitive winemaking countries. During the anti-apartheid sanctions in the 1980s, South African wine was dealt the huge blow when it was removed from the international market, and for political reasons it was quite difficult for wine producers to market wine to the black majority. Things are finally looking up for the wine industry here, and quality has never been higher. South Africa produces a grape cloned from Pinot Noir and Cinsault, called Pinotage, which is the country's unique varietal. Chenin Blanc (known as Steen) makes up one-third of its vines. Cabernet, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are becoming increasingly popular as are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.